Fieldfisher Fieldfisher

  • City Law Firms
  • Manchester, London, Birmingham

Training Contract

  • Places: 18 (14 in London 2 in Birmingham 2 in Manchester)

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 20

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  • Total employees: 1065

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Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance & financial services, energy & natural resources, life sciences and media.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley and China colleagues. Among our clients we count social media sites and high street coffee chains as well as pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and government departments.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.

Our network has more than 1000 people working across 18 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.

We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, London, Manchester, Munich, Milan, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.

Training Contract

The training contract is spread over four seats of six months’ duration. Trainees are given the opportunity to put forward their preferences for seats for each of the rotations.

The first two weeks are devoted to the Professional Skills Course and a Firm Induction Course. The elective modules of the Professional Skills Course are covered in 24 sessions throughout the training period. Other internal training programmes are scheduled regularly covering practical skills, latest developments in business and practice, resources for information, etc.

During each seat, trainees will sit with a supervising partner or associate and trainees are expected to take on as much responsibility as early as possible. Work assigned will include documentation, research, handling small claims or cases, meeting with clients and visiting courts if necessary.

An informal mid-seat and formal end-of-seat review will appraise trainee performance, areas for improvement and further movement to the next seat.

Vacation Scheme

The firm runs a two vacation schemes, one over the Easter period and one in the Summer. Both schemes are two weeks in duration and ten positions are available on each scheme. Attendees on the vacation scheme spend the two weeks in one department (preferences are taken into consideration) and do real work for real clients under the supervision of a partner or associate.

The training programme also schedules in-depth departmental presentations—these are interactive sessions, so it’s an excellent platform to better understand the firm and its offering. Other activities include coffee with the Managing Partner, meetings with members of the Board and skills sessions.

Apprenticeships

It is likely that Fieldfisher will be recruiting for Solicitor Apprentice in 2018. Keep an eye on our careers website: http://careers.fieldfisher.com/  

Salary & Benefits

London

Trainee starting salary £38,500

Newly Qualified Salary £66,000

Birmingham

Trainee starting salary £27,500

Newly Qualified Salary £41,000

Manchester

Trainee starting salary £27,500

Newly Qualified Salary £41,500

GDL and LPC maintenance grants:

  • GDL £5,500
  • LPC £6,000

The University of Law, based near in Moorgate, is our preferred GDL and LPC provider. All tuition fees are paid on your behalf for candidates who secure a training contract at Fieldfisher. 

Additional benefits:

  • Flexible benefits - Life assurance, Travel insurance, Income protection, Critical illness cover, Dental cover
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Pension scheme - matched contributions up to 7%
  • Medical insurance

Annual benefits include 25-day annual holiday, interest-free season ticket loan, medical insurance, life assurance and corporate discounts at various gyms and various retail outlets and local theatres.

Requirements

Good academics with a minimum of:

- ABB at A Level (or equivalent)

-  2:1 degree in any discipline.

Apply

Applications for training contracts and vacation schemes are available on-line here: https://www.apply4law.com/fieldfisher/

Fieldfisher aims to fill a high proportion of its training contract vacancies from candidates who attend one of their vacation schemes. Last year, Fieldfisher offered over 80% of its training contracts to vacation scheme attendees.  

School Leavers

European law firm Fieldfisher is launching Step2Success, a school leaver programme for post A level students.

Six high calibre recruits will be given the opportunity to embark upon a legal career at Fieldfisher without first having a degree.  Chosen school leavers can qualify as lawyers through the Chartered Legal Executive route within five years of commencing the programme.  

Once recruits have joined Fieldfisher they will undertake a bespoke programme of induction into the firm.  Students will receive supervision, training and support in the office, including in house tutorials, as well as through their studies.  They will commence their CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice shortly after starting work.

For more information on school leaver schemes click here.